Chris Morgan, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Christian Ministries
Professor of Theology

Office Phone: (951) 343-4369
E-mail: cmorgan@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Eugene and Billie Yeager Center B217
Office Hours: By appointment only

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Theology Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary 1999
M.Div. Theology Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary 1996
B.A. Political Science Southeast Missouri State University 1993
  • Courses Taught

    APT365
    Doctrine of the Church

    APT371
    Christian Theology I

    APT372
    Christian Theology II

    APT482
    Pastoral Leadership

  • Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU

    Teaching and Administrative Experience
    •Dean (7/11-present) & Professor of Theology (8/99-present), California Baptist University, Riverside, CA
    •Ph.D Faculty, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (8/13-present)
    •Associate Dean (8/02-6/11), California Baptist University, Riverside, CA
    •Visiting Professor, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (2011)
    •Adjunct Professor, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (7/11; 8/01-5/02)
    •Visiting Professor, Singapore Baptist Theological Seminary (6/10-7/10)
    •Adjunct Instructor, Union University, Jackson, TN (1/99-5/99)
    •Adjunct Instructor, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, Germantown, TN (2/98-5/98)
    •Primary Courses Taught: Systematic Theology, The Church, New Testament Theology, God, Sin, Pastoral Leadership, Preaching, Ephesians, James, Reading Seminar

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    Editorial Roles for a Series and a Study Bible:
    •General Editor, Theology in Community, Crossway (8 volumes currently).
    •Co-Editor, ESV Systematic Theology Study Bible, Crossway (2014).
    •General Editor (along with David S. Dockery and Nathan A. Finn), Theology for the People of God, B&H (15 volumes planned; 2016-present).
    •Co-editor, NIV This Verse in History Study Bible, Zondervan (in process; scheduled for 2024).

    Books:
    •Christopher W. Morgan, Jonathan Edwards and Hell (Fearn, Scotland: Mentor, 2004).
    •Christopher W. Morgan and Robert A. Peterson, eds., Hell under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents Eternal Punishment (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004).
    •Christopher W. Morgan and B. Dale Ellenburg, James: Wisdom for the Community, Focus on the Bible Commentaries (Fearn, Scotland: Christian Focus, 2008).
    •Christopher W. Morgan and Robert A. Peterson, eds., Faith Comes by Hearing: A Response to Inclusivism (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press Academic, 2008).
    •Christopher W. Morgan and Robert A. Peterson, eds., Suffering and the Goodness of God, Theology in Community (Wheaton: Crossway, 2008).
    •Christopher W. Morgan and Robert A. Peterson, What Is Hell? Basics of the Faith Series (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed, 2010).
    •Christopher W. Morgan and Robert A. Peterson, eds., The Glory of God, Theology in Community (Wheaton: Crossway, 2010).
    •Christopher W. Morgan, A Theology of James: Wisdom for God's People, Explorations in Biblical Theology (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed, 2010).
    •Christopher W. Morgan and Robert A. Peterson, eds., The Deity of Christ, Theology in Community (Wheaton: Crossway, 2011).
    •Christopher W. Morgan and Robert A. Peterson, eds., Is Hell for Real? (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011).
    •Christopher W. Morgan and Robert A. Peterson, eds., The Kingdom of God, Theology in Community (Wheaton: Crossway, 2012).
    •Anthony L. Chute, Christopher W. Morgan, and Robert A. Peterson, eds., Why We Belong: Denominational Identity and Evangelical Unity (Wheaton: Crossway, 2013).
    •Christopher W. Morgan and Robert A. Peterson, eds., Fallen: A Theology of Sin, Theology in Community (Wheaton: Crossway, 2013).
    •Christopher W. Morgan and Kendell Easley, eds., The Community of Jesus: A Theology of the Church (Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2013).
    •Christopher W. Morgan and Robert A. Peterson, eds., Heaven, Theology in Community (Wheaton: Crossway, 2014).
    •Christopher W. Morgan, ed., The Love of God, Theology in Community (Wheaton: Crossway, 2016).
    •David S. Dockery and Christopher W. Morgan, eds., Christian Higher Education: Faith, Teaching, and Learning in the Evangelical Tradition (Wheaton: Crossway, 2018).
    •Christopher W. Morgan, ed., Biblical Spirituality, Theology in Community (Wheaton: Crossway, 2019).
    •Christopher W. Morgan, Christian Theology: The Biblical Story and Our Faith (Nashville: B&H, 2020).
    •Christopher W. Morgan and Robert A. Peterson, A Concise Dictionary of Theological Terms (Nashville: B&H, 2020).
    •Christopher W. Morgan, Matthew Y. Emerson, and R. Lucas Stamps, eds., Baptists and the Christian Tradition: Towards an Evangelical Baptist Catholicity (Nashville: B&H Academic, 2020).
    •Allison, Gregg R. and Andreas J. Köstenberger, The Holy Spirit, Theology for the People of God, David S. Dockery, Nathan A. Finn, and Christopher W. Morgan, eds. (Nashville: B&H, 2020).

    Books under Contract/in Process:
    •Christopher W. Morgan and Robert A. Peterson, The Glory of God according to Paul, New Studies in Biblical Theology, ed. D. A. Carson (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, scheduled 2022).
    •Anthony L. Chute and Christopher W. Morgan, The Church, Theology for the People of God (Nashville: B&H, scheduled 2024).
    •Christopher W. Morgan and Stephen J. Wellum, The Theological Task, Theology for the People of God (Nashville: B&H, scheduled 2022).
    •Christopher W. Morgan and Benjamin M. Skaug, Sin, Theology for the People of God (Nashville: B&H, scheduled 2023).

    Translated Books:
    •Hell under Fire (Korean)
    •Hell under Fire (Indonesian)
    •Theology of James (Korean)
    •Faith Comes by Hearing (Braille and larger fonts)
    •What Is Hell? (Indonesian)
    •Heaven (Korean)
    •Christian Higher Education (Korean)

    Journal Articles:
    •Christopher W. Morgan, “Why Is Christ the Only Way?” Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, 16/2, Summer 2012.
    •Christopher W. Morgan, “Suffering according to James,” Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, 17/4, Winter 2014. http://www.sbts.edu/resources/journal-of-theology/sbjt-174-winter-2013/suffering-according-to-james/
    •Matthew Y. Emerson and Christopher W. Morgan, “Toward a Holistic Hermeneutic: Exegesis, Narrative, Doctrine, the Church, and Application in Concert,” Journal of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, vol. 1, 2014. http://www.mabts.edu/sites/all/themes/midamerica/uploads/pdf/emerson_morgan.pdf
    •Christopher W. Morgan, “The Comfort of Hell,” Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, 18.1, Spring 2014. http://www.sbts.edu/resources/journal-of-theology/sbjt-181-spring-2014/sbjt-forum/
    •Christopher W. Morgan, “Baptists and the Unity of the Church, Journal of Baptist Studies, vol. 7, 2015. http://baptiststudiesonline.com/the-journal-of-baptist-studies-7-2015/
    •Matthew Y. Emerson and Christopher W. Morgan, “The Glory of God in 2 Corinthians,” Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 19/3, Fall 2015. http://www.sbts.edu/resources/journal-of-theology/sbjt-193-fall-2015/the-glory-of-god-in-2-corinthians/

    Essays:
    •Christopher W. Morgan, “God’s Wrath,” NIV Zondervan Study Bible, D. A. Carson, ed. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, forthcoming, 2015).
    •Christopher W. Morgan, “The Bible and the Intellectual Tradition,” Christian Worldview Study Bible, David S. Dockery, ed. (Nashville: B&H, scheduled 2016).
    •Gregory C. Cochran and Christopher W. Morgan, “Gospel Confidence in a New Marriage Culture,” Ministry in a New Marriage Culture, Jeff Iorg, ed. (Nashville: B&H, 2015).
    •Christopher W. Morgan, “The Biblical Evidence for Hell,” The State of American Theology: Knowing the Truth, Loving the Church, Reaching Our Neighbors (Nashville: Ligonier and LifeWay, 2015).
    •Christopher W. Morgan, “Theological Method,” Systematic Theology Study Bible (Wheaton: Crossway, essay in process, scheduled 2016).
    •Anthony L. Chute and Christopher W. Morgan, “Missional Spirituality Is Congregational,” Spirituality for the Sent: Toward a Missional Spirituality, Nathan Finn and Keith Whitfield, eds. (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016).
    •Christopher W. Morgan, “Theology of the New Testament,” Theology, Church, and Ministry: A Handbook for Theological Education, David S. Dockery, ed. (Nashville: B&H, 2018).
    •Christopher W. Morgan, "The Bible and Intellectual Pursuit," Christian Worldview Handbook, David S. Dockery and Trevin Wax, eds. (Nashville: Holman, 2019).

    Book Reviews:
    •Review of Gary Dorrien, The Word as True Myth: Interpreting Modern Theology (Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox, 1997) in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 43/3 (September 2000): 558-59.
    •Review of Darrell L. Bock, ed., Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1999) in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 43/3 (September 2000): 565-66.
    •Review of D. A. Carson, The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1996) for Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society.
    •Review of Richard G. Hutcheson, Jr. and Peggy Shriver, The Divided Church: Moving Liberals and Conservatives from Diatribe to Dialogue (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 1999) for Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society.
    •Review of Edward William Fudge and Robert A. Peterson, Two Views of Hell: A Biblical and Theological Dialogue (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 1999) in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 45/4 (December 2002): 727-30.
    •Review of Terrance L. Tiessen, Providence and Prayer: How Does God Work in the World? (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2000) in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 45/1 (March 2002): 155-57.
    •Review of Reaching Generation Next: Effective Evangelism in Today’s Culture by Lewis Drummond in Journal of Evangelism and Missions 2 (Spring 2003): 131-32.
    •Review of Preaching to a Postmodern World: A Guide to Reach Twenty-First Century Listeners by Graham Johnston in Journal of Evangelism and Missions 2 (Spring 2003): 142-43.
    •Review of James W. Thompson, Pastoral Ministry according to Paul: A Biblical Vision in Presbyterion 34:1 (2008): 59-60.
    •Review of Robert W. Caldwell, III, Communion in the Spirit: The Holy Spirit as the Bond of Union in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards in Fides et Historia 40:1 (2008): 92-93.
    •Review of Russell Moore, Adopted by God, Presbyterion 36:1 (2010): 60-61.
    •Review of Thomas J. Nettles, J. P. Boyce, Fides et Historia (they are behind on their journal).
    •Review of Andrew David Naselli, From Typology to Doxology, Themelios 37.3, 2012. http://tgc-documents.s3.amazonaws.com/themelios/37-3/Themelios37.3.pdf

    Presentations
    •“The Theologian’s Dilemma: A Case Study of A. H. Strong’s Theological Response to a Changing Intellectual Climate,” Annual Conference on Christianity in the Academy (3/99)
    •“An Examination of the Methodologies Used in Refuting Annihilationism in Contemporary Evangelicalism,” Evangelical Theological Society, Annual Meeting (11/99)
    •“The Doctrine of God in the Theological Method of Prominent Annihilationists in Contemporary Evangelicalism,” Evangelical Theological Society, Far West Region Annual Meeting (4/00)
    •“Open-minded Orthodoxy? A. H. Strong’s Theological Response to an Emerging Fundamentalist-Modernist Debate,” Conference on Faith and History, Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA (9/00)
    •“Jonathan Edwards’s God-Centered Defense of Endless Punishment,” Evangelical Theological Society, Far West Regional Meeting, San Diego, CA (4/01)
    •"The Doctrines of God and Sin in Jonathan Edwards’s Defense of Endless Punishment,” Evangelical Theological Society, Annual Meeting, Colorado Springs, CO (11/01)
    •“Hell and Systematic Theology,” Evangelical Theological Society, Far West Regional Meeting, Sun Valley, CA (4/02)
    •“Closing Appeals to the Unconverted in the Sermons of Jonathan Edwards," Jonathan Edwards Conference, St. Louis, MO (3/03).
    •“The Doctrines of God and Sin in Jonathan Edwards' Theology of Hell," Jonathan Edwards Conference, St. Louis, MO (3/03).
    •“Biblical Theology: Three Pictures of Hell,” Evangelical Theological Society, Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA (11/03)
    •“Inclusivism and Its Forms: Recent Developments” at the Evangelical Theological Society, Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (11/06)
    •“The Doctrine of God in James” at the Evangelical Theological Society, Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA (11/07)
    •“Theological Praxis in James” at the Evangelical Theological Society, Southeastern Regional Meeting (by special invitation by conference chair), Memphis, TN (3/07)
    •"The Glory of God: Tracing the Theological Tensions," Evangelical Theological Society, Annual Meeting, Providence, RI (11/08)
    •"The Glory of God as a Church Ethic" Evangelical Theological Society, Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA (11/09)
    •“What about Those Who Have Never Heard? Inclusivism and Exclusivism in Recent Baptist History, Baptist Studies Group, Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (11/11)
    •“The SBC Academy: Future Theological Responsibilities and Challenges,” panel discussion with David Dockery, Jeff Iorg, and Al Mohler Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (11/11)
    •“Baptists and the Unity of the Church,” Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA (11/14)
    •“Theological Collaboration,” Interviewed by Keith Whitfield, Baptist Professors’ Fellowship, Evangelical Theological Society, San Diego, CA (11/14)

  • Church Membership & Activities

    •Annual sermons for various associations in California; conference sermons for CSBC Ministers’ Bible Conference; CSBC Pastors’ Retreat; California Baptist Foundation Retreat; etc.
    •Sermons on Apologetics for Pastors’ Conference for California Baptist Convention/National Baptists
    •Sermon for Nevada Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference
    •Annual sermon for CSBC, 2009
    •Sermon for CSBC Pastors’ Conference, 2010
    •Committee on Committees, SBC, 2010
    •Vice-President, CSBC Pastors’ Conference, 2010
    •President, CSBC Pastors’ Conference, 2011
    •Sermon for CSBC Pastors’ Conference, 2017
    •Chapel, Gateway Seminary, 2017
    •Chapel, Beeson Divinity School
    •Lectures, Immanuel Theology Conference, 2018
    •Sermon for CSBC Pastors’ Conference

    Professional Memberships
    •Evangelical Theological Society

  • Community Service & Involvement

    Various types of evangelism and ministry through the local church

  • Interests & Hobbies

    •Family of Shelley and Chelsea
    •Golf
    •Baseball
    •Reading
    •Walking

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